MF Doom – Dragon’s Blood Resin
Grover Washington – Mister Magic (Signal Version)
Pharoah Sanders – The Creator Has a Master Plan
Buddha Brand – Funky Methodist Instrumental
Kenny Dope – The Unreleased Project
Greyboy Allstars – Left Coast Boogaloo
Roy Ayers – Searching
RJD2 – Clean Living
Dam Funk – (My Funk Goes) On & On
Dwight Tribble & The Life Force Trio – Equipoise (SARA Remix)
Kubota Toshinobu – Dance If You Want It
De La Soul – Saturday
The Quantic Soul Orchestra – Pushin’ On featuring Alice Russell
The Poets of Rhythm – Smilin’ (While You’re Crying)
Madlib – Montara
If you’re too broke to buy your dad a present, try sitting down and listening to this with him. Get him like a Snickers or something also, though, so even if he hates it, at least he got some candy out of the deal.
If your dad isn’t around, find someone that acts like a dad and listen to it with them. Or just listen by yourself.
Dam Funk – ‘Tis the Season
Joe Jackson – Steppin’ Out
Javelin – We Ah Wi
INTERLUDE: Chester Gregory – High Love (Freddie Joachim Remix)
Neutral Milk Hotel – King of Carrot Flowers Part 2
Diplo – About That Life feat. Jahan Lennon
King Britt & Sister Gertrude – New World in My View
Yo, salve so I know that like 98% of bad things in this world, like wars and racism and sexism and stuff are all done in god’s name, but on the other hand, lots of people made some pretty cool music about Jesus. Also he was black, which should count for something.
So yeah, I thought that since it’s Christmas or whatever, I would make a Christmas tape. Swag Jesus out and stuff.
Have a sunny Christmas. Go out and skate, do something good for somebody, tell somebody you like them.
It seems like every rappidy rap site did some sort of best-of wrap-up lists for 2007.
I’d love to do that sort of thing, store but real talk? I can’t remember what I had for breakfast this morning, much less remember what I was doing last January. So now that the euphoria of the new year has passed, I figured I’d talk about some stuff I liked.
So here we go, open thread. What impressed/depressed you this last year? I’ll get us started and keep it positive:
I’ve got to say, producerwise? I really really think Suburb is the bizness. I’m trying to con him into giving me some more of his stuff for a future episode. We’ll see how that works. For now, though, you can grab a few exclusive tunes over at sweeney kovar, who was kind enough to let me write a bit on the subject at his site.
the man himself
Jay Electronica. GOVERNMENT PLANT. This dude popped up on the internet out of nowhere (well, unless you’re FMWJ, nowhere), and stole the hearts of millions. Then he announced that he was dropping a new project on Xmas (which I was patiently waiting for, and fully planned to make an episode of), and then the 25th rolls around, and…
poof. Nothing. Facebook account is deleted, his myspace account points to some white dude with a camera, and really ladies and gentlemen this is smoke and mirrors and theatrics at its finest. Not even so much as a “hey guise brb lol”.
where you at?
From what I hear this is standard procedure for the dude, but I’m not too mad at him. I can wait.
Speaking of Jay, can’t forget about the producer behind some of his joints – Sol Messiah and his new group, The Labratz (I need to remember to ask Sol about the name). You maybe haven’t heard it yet – I just got it, but it’s bananas.
Think Atlanta, think classic Goodie Mobb, think classic Outkast, and then think next level. Watch this site for more, very soon.
Have I mentioned that Dam Funk is also killing it with this analog funk boogie sound? I can’t even describe it, just go listen.
Plus he can really wear a Cosby sweater.
More importantly – what were you bumping in 07?
So Sweeney Kovar’s jumpoff. It’s quite often spectacular. If you’re not already reading that, you should do so – especially if you find yourself curious about what’s really good in the LA beat scene. Plus he takes some nice pictures.
You know what, I’m not going to get into a blog list thing here. If you have found any good ones, tell everyone in the comments.
I don’t have one, do you? What’s good on the telly nowadays?
Mad Anthony of NYC has some pretty dope stuff. Apparently there are like no pictures of any of it anywhere, though. Man, I need a camera.
Elliott G of Ultra Vitalence has put together a pretty wild line of stuff. I got this purple jacket with the Spongebob lining. Bananas.
And I have to thank Elliot “with one t” F for the Hong Kong connection with those like 10 shirts he brought back. Remember the “Tangerine” shirt from the first video podcast? I got like 4 more flavors – Plum Cake is probably the favorite. No watermelon, unfortunately.
Plus I got the powder blue Filas.
What have you been flossing? (SC, that Eazy-E outfit doesn’t count.)
You know I stay on these games. Aside from the NBA 2K8 whose soundtrack makes it the business, we’ll start this off with Legend of Zelda: Phantom Hourglass for the DS. A little easy, but fun.
Then we got the throwback: Kickmaster for the 8-bit nintendo. Made by the same people that put together Werewolf. You know I get down with the NES.
Ghosteo got himself a PS3, and introduced me to Ninja Gaiden Sigma. I’m what, halfway through? It’s all about that Lunar staff, I stay chopping zombies. I coulda done without the overly developed female though.
They upgraded the graphics, but left the music alone, which is definitely a good thing. Not sure when it comes out stateside.
What have you been playing?
Are you in southern Cali? Then you need to be on board when the Do-Over starts up again in 08. Runs from like 2pm to well past midnight, it’s free, and all your favorite artists are known to run through there. If they’re on Stones’ Throw, they’re there – plus many many more – and kids know how to party.
Pure Filth. Dubstep will probably never break into the quote unquote mainstream, and if that’s what it takes for parties like Pure Filth to stay good, I’m fine with that. Epic soundsystem, perfect basement venue, way too many rewinds, and the MC – again, epic. Going to these joints was like going to church. Unfortunately the venue was torn down and their soundsystem was stolen from their U-Haul after the final party (did I mention that it was epic?). I hear they’re gearing up for 08 again, though.
What was good in your city though?
You all pretty much made my 07 kinda dope. So thank you.
Your turn: share your best (or worst!) of 07. On the podcast front, plenty coming down the pipeline. Just wait.
Why is it so cold? Anyway, order other news: Giveaways, rx son!
Yes, I do have 5 copies of 2K Sports’ NBA 2K8 for XBOX 360 (USA version) up for grabs. Merry Christmas, etc. Listen to the show to get details on how to grab your own copy and then post up your ideas in the comments. And as I said, 3 of them will be going out on the site, and two will be going out on the Mixtape Show Facebook Group – you gotta be in it to get the info on how to win one (click here to join up).
Massive, massive shouts to DJ Spaceboy at 2K for making this possible.
This ep – just West Coast all over the place. You’ll like it, I promise.
Strong Arm Steady – Steady Mobbin feat The Game. And Will Blast screaming random ignorant things in the background. No bad feelings though, that just adds to the bananas-factor of this joint. The funky Dago connection is in the house. I love this song. CHUUUUCHmyspace.com/strongarmsteady
Tha D.R.E. – Wild Child. I can’t necessarily vouch for the rest of the record, but for anyone who appreciates Bay Area rap, this cut is a gem. Oddly enough, dude is from Milwaukee.
Unagi – Mo Champagne feat Motion Man. Unagi hit me with this cut and I think I played it 8 times back to back. The dude really is just dope with the loops. unagi442.com.
Johnson&Jonson – La La La. Yes, Blu is in here. Seriously, how are they going to clear these samples? Jon, can you shed some light on this? Either way, this is really dope. (You’ve heard – and seen – Johnson & Jonson here before, by the way). Something to look forward to ’08 – the Powders and Oils album. myspace.com/jandjbabyproducts. I’m not pretending to understand the name, though.
Spice 1 – Playa Man. Again, get well soon, dude. I’m really just now getting into this cat’s music. myspace.com/spiceone.
Double F – Weed, Greed, and Chases at High Speed (prod. Dilla). This off his mildly controversial 2006 Welcome to Cali Jay Dee tribute tape (which almost made it onto the First Impressions tape). Short, to the point, and, well, great. myspace.com/mystadub
Dam Funk – December Sun – At some point the two of us are going to link up and just give you all a ridiculous show. Dam is just too funky with the beats. I know I talked all over this one, but you can go get yourself a listen at his myspace. Check for him on the new 2K8 soundtrack, too. myspace.com/damfunk.
Kam – (Untitled)?. This comes off of a Naam Brigade mixtape (the only one I have, actually). Yes, the Message revamped. You can hate all you like, but I actually dig this song a lot. Naam Brigade somehow pulls of these throwback beats that show the roots of this music without sounding contrived – on the contrary, a lot of their tape goes really, really hard. Kam is pretty great on this cut, and the combination of the NoI references, the commentary on the West Coast gangster rap market, and the parallels to the original cut are pretty interesting. In that vein, the “fag” lines are a little abrasive at first, until you remember that the original cut dropped them the same way. myspace.com/westcoastkam1
Hope you all dug this one. Good luck in the contest, and be on the lookout for a few special editions of the Mixtape Show coming your way very soon…
And on a related note, I know I’m kinda opening myself to the flames by calling anything a “West Coast” episode. Too much great music out here – again this is just a slice of the diversity out here. Feel free to let the recommendations fly in the comments.